PANTHERS SAFETY Mike Minter (red shirt) and defensive end Mike Rucker (in white) aren't starring in a remake of Kindergarten Cop. They're taking a playground break at Ruckus House, the learning and day care center the two players--as well as teammate Stephen Davis and Muhsin Muhammad (now with Chicago)--opened this summer in Harrisburg, N.C. Last year, when they couldn't find good day care near Charlotte, Minter (above, in uniform) suggested the players go into business. They assembled a 35-person staff (including 31 teachers) and helped devise what Rucker calls a "customized curriculum" that includes Spanish classes, computer training, rock climbing and a lot of swinging and sliding. Now, 187 kids ages six weeks through 12 years (only six are children of Panthers) come to the 36,000-square-foot Ruckus House. "We try to make the parents feel like their kid has been drafted to the Ruckus team," says Minter, 31. The summer session costs $105 a week for kids over five (prices are higher for younger kids), and when the school year begins, Ruckus House will add preschool programs ($625 a month for three- to four-year-olds) and after-school care ($15 a day). That's not the last of it. The players have selected sites for five more Ruckus Houses to go up in the Carolinas over the next two years.
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July 11, 2005
Halfway through the season some unexpected names sit atop the leader boards. But will they stay there?
- By Peter King
The ultimate sports summer? How much time, gas and courage have you got? SI's writers make their personal recommendations here for things they feel you absolutely must do, watch, read or eat before Labor Day. Getting married in the mouth of that very large fish (page 111) is, of course, optional
In an age when Ty Cobb's dentures have gone up for auction and even checkers has its own hall of fame, you might think every sports collectible had already been collected. But the whereabouts of some key items remain a mystery. A fortune awaits those who can find these Holy Grails
- By Ben Reiter
They may not hold postgame press conferences, date Tara Reid or sign multimillion dollar contracts. But that doesn't mean they aren't consummate professionals. They've mingled with world leaders, inspired fans, and, as athletes and competitors, they're pure beasts.
25 Years Later
First of all, in regards to the two most famous words in all of sports, he never said them. Not that it matters much. His words were still a declaration of surrender. But what Roberto Duran actually said on that strange November night in New Orleans 25 years ago was "No peleo [I won't fight]," wagging his glove softly, his back to Sugar Ray Leonard, their rematch suddenly and shockingly over. This is weird news, after all this time. So where, you ask, did No màs, the most memorable phrase yet for athletic capitulation, come from? Duran, who has been an enormously playful storyteller throughout lunch (he is in Minneapolis to help a friend with a boxing promotion), turns into his old, forbidding self. In language that would survive any translation--we all know what puta means, right?--he blames announcer Howard Cosell. "I am standing here, he is sitting there," Duran petulantly explains. "How does he know what I'm saying?"
- LARRY HOLMES 129By Jaime Lowe
THOUGH HE is 55 and has not stepped into a ring professionally for three years, Larry Holmes is picking a fight. On the About Larry Holmes page on LarryHolmes.com, the ex-heavyweight champ lists both his most recent bout--a 10-round decision over Eric (Butterbean) Esch on July 27, 2002--and his hoped-for next one: "George Foreman ???????????????????"
Their indomitable will made all the difference in the World Series, when they beat the Royals in six games--and it has served them well in the years since
Panthers and Their Young
Carolina players have created a place where kids can learn--and raise a ruckus